McDONALD’S BETSY RAWLS GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

White Manor Country Club

Malvern, Pennsylvania

July 26-29, 2004

 

BLUMENHERST WINS FIRST AJGA MAJOR BY ONE STROKE

Granada places second after rally falls short

 

MALVERN, Pa.Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., fended off a late charge by Julieta Granada of Asunción, Paraguay, Thursday to win by one stroke her third AJGA title in the 2004 season and first AJGA major at the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship.

 

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole stroke-play invitational event was held at the newly renovated White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pa., home of the LPGA’s McDonald’s Classic from 1981-1986. The event featured 83 girls from 24 states, Canada and Paraguay who were invited based on past top national junior golf tournament finishes.

 

The tournament, one of two girls-only AJGA majors, brings 21 Rolex Junior All-Americans to the Philadelphia area, including Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., Julieta Granada of Asunción, Paraguay, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., and Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J.

 

Following frustrating first and second rounds, Blumenherst (73-71-70—214), was happy with the way she played during the final round. She had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 and then another birdie on No. 9 where she sunk an eight-foot putt.

 

“I hit the ball very well today,” said the 17-year-old. “I was anxious to get out and play because I’ve never won a Major championship.”

 

The first-team Rolex Junior All-American had already captured a pair of titles in the 2004 season, including a 10-stroke victory at the AJGA Southwestern Junior and another win at the PING Indianapolis Junior.

 

Runner-up Granada (71-73-71—215) birdied No. 15 after struggling with two bogeys during her round. The Rolex Junior All-American came on strong with another birdie on No. 17 to put herself only one stroke behind Blumenherst.

 

“I wanted to put pressure on Blumenherst,” said Granada. “But she made a great par putt on No. 18 to take the title."

 

The 17-year-old Granada won the AJGA’s only other all-girls event, shooting a 15-under-par 201 at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

 

In third, at 4-over-par 217 was Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., who was tied for third going into the final round.

 

Tied for fourth was Nannette Hill of Pelham Manor, N.Y. (75-71-73—219), and Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla. (74-72-73—219).

 

Other top finishers included Tiffany Joh of San Diego (76-72-73—221), and Tiffany Chudy of Miramar, Fla. (75-69-77—221), who tied for sixth. Angela Park of Torrance, Calif. (76-72-74—222) and Esther Choe of La Quinta, Calif. (75-71-77—222) tied for eighth.

 

Rounding out the top-10 finishers was Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J. (77-74-72—223).

 

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.  The AJGA has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

 

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989.  Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

 

For more information about the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship or any of the AJGA’s events, contact AJGA national Headquarters at (877) 373-2542.

 
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Lessing's AJGA Classic
Boys
Total
1
Peter Bradbeer
209
T
2
Perry Xin
210
T
2
Ethan Ng
210
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Peter
214
2
RuQing Guan
217
3
Michelle Ching Suet Lee
222
Judie Oppenheimer Memorial Junior
Boys
Total
1
Viraj Garewal
215
2
Brooks Dyess
219
T
3
Peter Hinnant
220
T
3
JonErik Alford
220
Girls
Total
1
*Carly Burkhardt
219
2
Jenny Bae
219
3
Kayla Kozak
220
David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior
Boys
Total
1
Simms Abney
208
2
Jacob Bergeron
213
T
3
Tommy Boone
215
T
3
Logan Lockwood
215
Girls
Total
1
Hailey Jones
209
2
Abbey Daniel
221
T
3
Katie Yoo
222
T
3
Libby Winans
222
T
3
Anne Chen
222
Action Zone / Bob Estes Abilene Junior
Boys
Total
1
Parker Coody
207
2
Tucker Allen
208
3
Riley Casey
213
Girls
Total
1
Kathrine Chan
214
T
2
Shawnee Allen
223
T
2
Elina Sinz
223
the Memorial Junior presented by Ohio Christian University
Boys
Total
1
Cameron Frazier
208
2
Evan Yakubov
209
3
Palmer Jackson
210
Girls
Total
1
Ashley Gilliam
217
2
Kimberlee Tottori
220
T
3
Katie Hallinan
222
T
3
Madison Mcdanel
222
Enagic Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Matthew Lim
205
2
Vanchai Luangnitikul
207
3
Cameron Henry
208
Girls
Total
1
Crystal Wang
205
2
Yu Eun Eunice Kim
210
T
3
Jo Hua Hung
211
T
3
Alexa Melton
211
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